INTERPRETATION OF POEM (WHAT HAPPEN) This man named john Graeme sent someone to bring Barbara Allan to him so he could tell her that he is sick and dying. She rejects him and then the bells ring and Graeme is died and she tells her mother that her loved died for her today and she will die tomorrow for him.
THEME Always go for you want and never give up.
DEFINING DIFFICULT WORDS Sal. Shall Dinna ye mind. Don’t you remember Adieu adieu.
ALLUSIONS “Since my loved died for me today, ill die for him tomorrow”
A MORE MODERN TRANSLATION A woman who rejects her lover because he has “slighted” her and hurt her feelings. Barbara’s lover dies of a broken heart from her rejection of him, and after his death, she realizes her mistake. That realization results in her own death, also of a broken heart. Their tragic love seems to live on, though, in the symbolic intertwining of the rose and brier that grow from their graves.